Rules of Murder

Rules of Murder

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Downton Abbey Meets Agatha Christie in This Sparkling Mystery

Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate. When a weekend party at Farthering Place is ruined by murder and the police seem flummoxed, Drew decides to look into the crime himself. With the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison, an avid mystery reader, and Madeline Parker, a beautiful and whip-smart American debutante staying as a guest, the three try to solve the mystery as a lark, using the methods from their favorite novels.

Soon, financial irregularities at Drew's stepfather's company come to light and it's clear that all who remain at Farthering Place could be in danger. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer--and trying harder to impress Madeline--Drew must decide how far to take this game.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 22.1mm | 345g
  • Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • 0764210955
  • 9780764210952
  • 795,101

Back cover copy

Introducing Drew Farthering

From The Tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his stylish cheviot trousers, he's the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered.

Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate.

With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he's learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Before long, he realizes this is no lark, and no one at Farthering Place is who he or she appears to be--not the butler nor blackmailer, the chauffeur nor embezzler. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer--and trying harder to impress Madeline--Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.


"Readers will want to carve out uninterrupted time to read this mystery in one sitting. Red herrings at every turn will have them guessing and flipping pages until the shocking end." --RT Book Reviews

"Julianna Deering gives us an enchanting mystery set around an England country estate in the 1930s. The main characters are delightful." -- Fresh Fiction

"In the same vein of an Agatha Christie novel, Julianna Deering gives us a unique and extremely fun read that will have you trying to solve the murder along with Drew and his friends...What a refreshing addition this is to the Christian fiction market!" - Rachel McRae, A Novel Bookshelf

"Rules of Murder is an entertaining and engaging mystery that will please readers of thrillers and well as historical fiction... The conclusion is a surprising twist that leaves the reader feeling satisfied." --The Christian Manifesto
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About Julianna Deering

Julianna Deering has always loved British history and literature and is particularly a fan of the classic mysteries written by Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas and now works for an attorney specializing in wills and estate planning. She lives outside Dallas, Texas, where she loves to quilt, cross-stitch, and watch hockey. Learn more at www.juliannadeering.com.
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Rating details

2,160 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 26% (552)
4 34% (737)
3 28% (605)
2 10% (208)
1 3% (58)

Our customer reviews

A well written Agatha Christie style romp. Set in the 1930's at a manor house. I loved the fact that many vintage authors and titles of their books were named and two of the main characters were vintage mystery fans. Drew and his fellow mystery reader, Nick, decide to investigate the murder on their own and break every 'rule of murder' on writer Ronald Knox's 10 Commandments of Detective Fiction. Fun, romance and danger ensue! This is classified as Christian fiction, published by a Christian publishing company. Although as Christian fiction goes Ms. Deering doesn't incorporate issues of faith and religion as the main stay of the story. It's all about the mystery with casual mention about the characters faith. It should appeal to everyone. Well developed characters, period detail, humor and a well plotted mystery to solve. I am looking forward to the next installment, Death by the Book, due out March 1st, 2014.show more
by Peggy Arthurs
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